Charlo brothers hoping to show off in pay-per-view fights

The Charlo brothers are determined to put on a show on boxing's biggest card since the arrival of the pandemic. Jermell takes on Jeison Rosario in a 154-pound title unification, while Jermall goes up against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in a 160-pound title defense. ''There's nothing bigger for us,'' Jermell Charlo said.

Clevinger lasts just one inning in start for Padres

SAN DIEGO — Right-hander Mike Clevinger of the playoff-bound San Diego Padres lasted only one inning in his start against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.The team said the right-hander's departure was unplanned but didn't provide any other information.Clevinger's start had been pushed back from Saturday night because of tightness in his right biceps. Manager Jayce Tingler said on Tuesday that the right-hander threw a bullpen session on Monday and seemed good to go for Wednesday afternoon's start. A few days earlier, Tingler held out hope that Clevinger might even be able to make two more starts before the regular season ended, if even if the second one was brief.Clevinger, obtained in a blockbuster trade with Cleveland on Aug. 31, breezed through the first inning on 12 pitches, including striking out Mike Trout and David Fletcher.Rookie Adrian Morejon began warming up in the bullpen while the Padres batted in the bottom of the inning and came out to start the second. Morejon allowed a two-run home run to Shohei Ohtani and solo shots to Justin Upton and Anthony Bemboom that gave the Angels a 4-2 lead.The Padres have clinched their first playoff berth in 14 seasons and their magic number remains at two for clinching homefield advantage in the wild-card round next week.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

Banged-up 49ers prepare for Giants without Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo missed practiced with a sprained ankle and is unlikely to return this week, setting the stage for backup Nick Mullens to possibly make his first start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in nearly 21 months.Garoppolo was one of several 49ers who went down with injuries in last week’s 31-13 win over the New York Jets. He still holds out hope to return this week but coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday he’d be surprised if that happened and expects Mullens to start.“I know our players believe in him and he’ll be fine,” Shanahan said from the team’s base for the week at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.The 49ers will be missing many key players for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. Defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas were placed on injured reserve after tearing their ACLs last week and will miss the rest of the season.Running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman also sprained their knees in that game, with Coleman expected to miss about four weeks and Mostert hopefully back sooner than that.The Niners are already without star cornerback Richard Sherman (calf), No. 1 receiver Deebo Samuel (foot) and starting centre Weston Richburg (knee) among others.“We had a lot of guys miss a lot of time last year and for the most part, even though we’d step back in places, other places stepped it up,” Shanahan said. “I thought we really handled injuries very well last year. It was tough when you lose a couple of really good players for the year, like Nick and Solly, but all those other guys, you didn’t lose them for the year. We’ve got to see how long we’ve got to weather the storm without them, but we can do that.”The injuries last week happened on the same MetLife turf the Niners will play on this week against the Giants. Players complained about the surface and have expressed anxiety about returning to it this week despite assurances from the league that it is safe.“If you’re playing, you better be confident and full speed,” Shanahan said. “People that know what they’re talking about, the NFL and NFLPA’s having people look at it right now. So, we’ll go with that. If they don’t find anything, you go out there and play.”The 49ers did get some good news on the injury front with All-Pro tight end George Kittle returning to practice on a limited basis after missing last week’s game with a knee injury and cornerback Jason Verrett being a full participant after sitting out the first two games with an injured hamstring.The Niners also officially signed defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah to a one-year deal and promoted defensive lineman Dion Jordan from the practice squad to fill in for the losses of Bosa, Thomas and edge rusher Dee Ford, who is dealing with a back injury and has no timetable for his return.“I think a lot of talk outside of the building is a lot about what we’ve lost but not a lot about the depth and the people we have here on this defence in this building,” linebacker Fred Warner said. “I think we’re all very excited for this week to go against the Giants and go out and prove that we’re the defence that we say we are and that we show on tape.”On offence, it will be up to Mullens and a revamped backfield to make up for the losses. Mullens started the final eight games in 2018, averaging 284.6 yards passing in those games with a 90.8 rating.Jerick McKinnon should get a heavy load at running back, along with Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMycal Hasty, who is expected to get called up from the practice squad for the game.After missing the past two seasons with knee injuries, McKinnon has six carries for 101 yards and a touchdown, along with catches for 20 yards and a score in two games so far this season.“Jet works like a machine,” said left tackle Trent Williams, who worked out with McKinnon during the off-season. “That’s why I couldn’t imagine him being on the field and not being a breakout player, not being that guy who can carry the load as an every down back. I think he’s showing us that, his first time really playing in two years.”NOTES: Shanahan said he’s disappointed about a $100,000 fine from the league for not wearing his mask during the game last week and hopes it doesn’t take away from the work the organization has done dealing with the coronavirus. “I got the message and I will do better.” ... The Niners signed DL Alex Barrett and RB Austin Walter to the practice squad.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJosh Dubow, The Associated Press

Hat trick for Havertz as Chelsea strolls in League Cup

A hat trick for Kai Havertz. A debut for Thiago Silva.Things are slowly falling into place for Chelsea after its off-season spending spree.After two underwhelming appearances in the Premier League, Havertz — signed for $92 million from German club Bayer Leverkusen — announced himself in English soccer by scoring three goals in Chelsea’s 6-0 win over second-tier Barnsley in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday.The 21-year-old Germany international played in his favoured position behind the striker after being tried in various roles in the forward line so far by manager Frank Lampard. He looked more at home as a “No. 10” and his finishing was assured, albeit against modest opposition.Thiago Silva, meanwhile, lasted 61 minutes before being withdrawn by Lampard as the Brazil centre back looks to build up match sharpness before a league debut, which could come at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.Chelsea has spent more than $250 million on new players ahead of this season, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell also joining for big fees. Chilwell came on as a 66th-minute substitute against Barnsley for his debut, replacing Havertz, and set up the sixth goal scored by Olivier Giroud.Arsenal won 2-0 at Leicester in an all-Premier League matchup thanks to an own-goal and a late strike by Eddie Nketiah, while Everton, Newcastle, Brighton, Burnley and Fulham enjoyed victories over lower-league opponents.Newcastle routed fourth-tier Morecambe 7-0, with Joelinton scoring twice, while another Brazilian forward, Richarlison, netted two goals for Everton as Carlo Ancelotti’s side overwhelmed Fleetwood in a 5-2 away win.Brighton, Burnley and Fulham all won 2-0, against Preston, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively.Manchester United was among the teams to advance on Tuesday.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Steve Douglas is at https://twitter.com/sdouglas80Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

Indy’s top 3 rookies getting crash course in pro football

INDIANAPOLIS — Running back Jonathan Taylor showed the Indianapolis Colts what he could do in his first two NFL games.Receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and safety Julian Blackmon will get their chance Sunday against the New York Jets.Yes, three games into their rookie seasons a rash of long-term injuries has pushed Indy's top three draft picks to take on larger roles than anticipated. So far, so good.“It's football," Pittman said after catching four passes for 37 yards in last weekend's victory over Minnesota. “It’s faster and I’d really say that’s probably the biggest thing. It is more violent and defensive backs have better ball skills.”It didn't take the son of a Super Bowl-winning running back long to figure that out, and it hasn't taken the Colts long to figure out how valuable this draft class could be.Originally the Colts anticipated their top two picks, Pittman and Taylor, becoming key cogs. Taylor was to split carries with 1,000-yard rusher Marlon Mack while Pittman worked his way into a receiving group that included four-time Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton and veterans Zach Pascal and Parris Campbell.Now, Indy (1-1) has gone to its backup plan.A torn Achilles tendon ended Mack's season after just two quarters, pushing Taylor into the starting job. He responded by catching six passes for 67 yards in the Colts' loss at Jacksonville and rushing 26 times for 101 yards and a TD against the Vikings. He's the first Colts rookie to top the 100-yard mark since 2012 and now has 199 total yards in two games despite no off-season team activities and no preseason games.The Colts are impressed.“He’s powerful, he’s fast and our offensive line most definitely gives the ball (carrier) an opportunity to get onto the secondary," offensive co-ordinator Nick Sirianni said. “Same thing with our receivers, they blocked their tails off to allow them to be one-on-one with the safeties and corners. I definitely think a back with the style of Jonathan gets better as guys get tired and get tired of tackling them.”This week, Pittman hopes to make a similar impact.The 6-foot-4, 223-pound rookie possesses size Indy's other outside receivers don't have and his hands were lauded by scouts before the draft.So when Campbell (left knee) went on injured reserve Tuesday, it almost assured Pittman of seeing more extensive action in three-receiver formations and could even start against the Jets (0-2).“I was really happy with the plays Michael Pittman made,” coach Frank Reich said. “Not just the couple key plays he made, but just how he made them. Some things that we talked about and some things that he’s been working on, that really just showed up (Sunday). I just think the arrow is really up for him and all of our young guys.”Campbell's injury also could open a spot for sixth-round pick Dezmon Patmon, who played well in training camp but was inactive the first two weeks, to play in his first game.The biggest surprise so far has been Blackmon.After earning second-team All-American honours at Utah last year, his first as a safety, a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered in December relegated him to a third-round pick. He started training camp on the active/non-football injury list, was taken off the list Aug. 31 and sat out the season opener.Nine months later Blackmon returned to the field, making two tackles, breaking up two passes, one of which teammate Khari Willis snared out of the air for a game-changing interception. He replaced Malik Hooker, who went on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday with a torn Achilles tendon.Reich acknowledged Blackmon was on a play count last week and likely will be this week, but he could soon be in the stating lineup, too.And Blackmon, like Taylor and Pittman, promises to be ready.“One of the coaches talked to me and he said, ‘This is your rookie debut and you’re going to remember it either way, so you might as well make it great,’” Blackmon said. “That kind of just stuck with me and I just wanted to make an impact and try to help my team win.”NOTES: Indy signed veteran receiver Marcus Johnson to the practice squad. Johnson spent parts of the past two seasons with the Colts, catching 23 passes for 379 yards. ... The Colts also promoted safety Ibraheim Campbell and cornerback Tremon Smith to the active roster from the practice squad and added tight ends Hale Hentges and Ethan Wolf to the practice squad.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLMichael Marot, The Associated Press